Zach and Hans have gotten to be big buddies this summer. This photo was taken at Hans' 6th birthday party in July. We've lived across the street from them since Hans was five months old. Hans has been battling cancer for three years, and is healthy enough right now that he was able to start kindergarten. He and Zach are at the same school, and Zach has been his buddy in the mornings. Zach goes over to his house and makes sure he's ready for school, gets him motivated, rides with him to school, and walks him to his classroom. Both boys share a love of playing Wii and DS, and generally get along well.
I can't believe how long her hair has gotten, and the fact that she stayed still for me to do this to her! Lately, she checks out her reflection in the dishwasher, and has started pushing her hair out of her face. I'm afraid she's going to be a girly-girl, and if you know me, you know that I am not like that at all.
Zachary turned 8 on August 23rd. My parents came in for the weekend to celebrate with us, and we went out for Japanese the night before. The kids had a great time, and Zoe kept saying, "Wow!" whenever the fire would get high on the hibachi grill. We gave Zach a new bike for his birthday, which he thought was totally cool.
Sunday, which was Zach's actual birthday, we woke up, ate breakfast, and he opened presents. He received the Karate Kid DVDs, a watch, Wii Sports Resort, and a couple of DS games. We left for Minute Maid Park around 10:30, and met some friends there to watch the Astros play the Diamondbacks. Our seats were three rows from the top of the stadium, and it was a boring game, but the boys were all very good.
After the game, we walked to Discovery Green Park for the boys to splash in the kids' area there, and to eat cupcakes. We had a great time, and all headed home to prepare for the first day of school the next day.
August 24th was not only Zach's first day of third grade; it was my first official day of nursing school, and Zoe's first day back at daycare since June. We all survived, and everything is going well so far. Zach loves school for the first time, Zoe seems to be adjusting to being away from Mommy, and I am handling the work better than I thought I would. I can't believe it's September already!
I realized today that I have not uploaded pictures from any of our three cameras in over two months. That's a lot to put on iPhoto, tag, and remove the red-eye! In between accomplishing my massive amounts of schoolwork, I plan to post pictures here, on Flickr, and on Facebook in the next few days, if you're interested in that sort of thing. I guess I need to start with my family's visit from the Fourth of July...
I was looking at this post, and am sad to report that not one of those things was accomplished this summer. Where did the time go? It's just about impossible to accomplish anything while Zoe is awake right now, because she either wants to be held, or wants to "help" by taking things out of my hands and running away with them. She is obsessed with getting her hands on the broom, going outside if a door is opened, taking the silverware out of my china cabinet, getting in the office and finding a writing instrument to scribble on the nearest paper, or emptying Darren's or my wallet. She's lucky she's so cute!